Country of origin labeling is a federal law that requires
letting consumers know which country or countries meat comes from. However, it
only applies to raw, single ingredient meat products. The PERDUE® brand’s USDA
Process Verified Programs provide assurance that all the poultry used in our
products was raised on US farms. Our USDA Process Verified Programs also
provide traceability for all our products, so you know they were processed and
packaged here in the US.
- Where are PERDUE® chickens raised and processed?
All of our chickens for sale to US customers are raised on
US farms and processed at our plants here in the US. And we're 100% committed
to keeping it that way.
- Are any of your products processed out of the country?
All of our processing, further processing and cooking of our
products sold in the US is done right here in the US. We proudly display that
information on the packaging, and back it up with USDA Process Verified
Programs. We also use only our own chicken, raised on US farms. We do have
operations in other countries, but those are to better serve our overseas
customers. None of those products are brought back to the US.
- Where do your other ingredients come from?
We purchase all of our ingredients from trusted suppliers. All of our chicken is our own US raised and processed chicken, and most other ingredients come from the US. However, a few ingredients, such as spices, are imported.
- How do I cook PERDUE® products?
View our Chicken Cooking Guide or Turkey Cooking Guide. These guides provide an approximate cooking time for all PERDUE® products.
- Where can I buy PERDUE® products in my area?
PERDUE® poultry products are sold nationally,
but our products are more widely distributed in the eastern half of the US.
While we would love to have all retailers carry our full line of PERDUE®
chicken and turkey products, the final decision rests with the individual
retailers and retail chains. Use our Product Locator to find where to purchase PERDUE® products near you.
- How are PERDUE® chickens raised?
PERDUE® chickens are raised on family farms, cage-free in
temperature-controlled housing with fresh air ventilation. This protects them
from the elements, disease and predators. They have constant access to food and
water, periods of light and dark and room to move about freely.
Our poultry welfare program meets and exceeds the National
Chicken Council’s “Poultry Care and Well-Being Guidelines” and incorporates our
own best practices, including training for growers and all associates who
handle live birds, air quality monitoring in chicken houses, ongoing audits
by PERDUE® and customers and video monitoring of all areas in our
plants where live birds are handled. As part of our USDA Process Verified
Program, our farms and hatcheries are audited by the USDA to ensure adherence
to our welfare programs.
- What do PERDUE® chickens and turkeys eat?
We feed our birds quality grain products, including yellow
corn and soybean meal, along with vitamins and mineral supplements to ensure a
- Why are your chickens fed an all-vegetarian diet?
Most commercial animal feeds contain animal by-products, including such additives as bone meal and feather meal. PERDUE® chickens are raised on an all-vegetarian diet with none of the animal by-products commonly fed to chickens. We found this leads to a better tasting PERDUE® chicken.
- Are PERDUE® branded chickens and turkeys fed genetically modified grains?
PERDUE® branded chickens are fed a diet that includes locally sourced corn and soybeans grown on family farms. Since more than 90% of the corn and 80% of the soybeans grown in the US are raised from genetically modified seeds, most conventional chicken feed, including that used for PERDUE® branded chickens, contains biotech grains.
Eating meat from a chicken raised on a diet that includes biotech grain doesn’t mean you’re consuming genetically modified ingredients. Genetically modified grains have been widely used in agriculture for the past 15 years, increasing yields and decreasing the need for chemical herbicides and pesticides, and providing nutritional benefits. During that time, science has found no link between human health and the consumption of meat from animals fed a diet that includes genetically modified grains, a position that is supported by the World Health Organization.
- Do you give your chickens hormones?
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidelines
specifically prohibit the use of hormones in poultry production. Perdue
Farms, in keeping with FDA rules, uses no hormones in raising our birds.
- Are PERDUE® branded chickens raised using antibiotics?
We recognize concerns about the overuse of antibiotics in
animal agriculture. We believe in a responsible use that does not risk the
effectiveness of antibiotics in human health, provides healthy growing environments
for animals and does not employ drugs for growth promotion. Across our company,
95% of our chickens never receive any human antibiotics, and the remainder
receive them only for a few days when prescribed by a veterinarian. This is
very limited use of antibiotics is more restrictive than the new Federal Drug
Administration Guidelines announced December 2013 and aligns with efforts to
reduce the overall use of antibiotics in animal agriculture and the potential
spread of antibiotic resistant bacteria.
Chickens raised for Perdue Foods outside the organic and
no-antibiotics-ever program never receive antibiotics for growth promotion, nor
do we add human antibiotics to the feed. However, they are generally treated to
prevent common intestinal illnesses using ionophores. Ionophores are a type of
animal-only antimicrobial not used in human medicine, and not associated with
antibacterial resistance in human medicine.
Regardless of the program, should animals become ill –including
no-antibiotics-ever – they will be treated as medically appropriate as part of
our welfare commitment. However, if antibiotics are used, those animals are not
marketed as no-antibiotics-ever. In those rare cases, federally mandated
withdrawal periods ensure products are free of antibiotic-residue as defined by
- Does Perdue use arsenic in its chicken feeds?
Perdue does not use arsenic, also known as Roxarsone, in its chicken feed. In 2007, we were among the first chicken companies to stop using it. We found that, through improved flock health programs and housing, we were able to provide healthy chickens without it.
- Are PERDUE® products antibiotic free?
PERDUE® does not use antibiotics for growth promotion in our chickens. We use antibiotics as directed by our company's team of veterinarians, all of whom are board-certified by the American College of Poultry Veterinarians, in strict accordance with FDA and USDA guidelines. All PERDUE® products are free of harmful residues as determined by routine onsite USDA sampling.
- Are PERDUE® chickens genetically modified?
Chickens and turkeys are not genetically modified.
- How long can I keep poultry in the refrigerator?
Fresh, uncooked poultry purchased prior to or on its sell-by date is best kept in a home refrigerator for no more than two days.
Fully cooked chicken such as PERDUE® SHORT CUTS® Carved Chicken Breast purchased prior to its use or freeze-by date can remain fresh in the refrigerator through this date. Once this package is opened, it should be used within five days.
- Is it okay to freeze chicken bought fresh, and for how long?
Yes. But remember to freeze poultry soon after shopping, if possible within half an hour. Check out our storage tips on the storage page in our Tips from the Kitchen section.
- How do I defrost poultry properly?
Defrost chicken or turkey in the refrigerator, not on the counter, allowing 5 hours per pound. A PERDUE® OVEN STUFFER® Roaster or small turkey may take 2 to 3 days, a large turkey up to 4 or 5 days. For faster thawing, you can immerse wrapped poultry in cold water, changing the water every half hour, or use the microwave. When using the microwave, follow the manufacturer's recommendation and then cook immediately.